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Britney Spears launched her debut collection of lingerie and sleepwear, called The Intimate Britney Spears, in London on September 23.

The line, which the singer describes as “romantic, feminine and subtle,” has been two and a half years in the making.

“It’s been a really long process but it’s been a lot of fun,” said Britney Spears, who says she’s become “obsessed” with lingerie.

Britney Spears launched her debut collection of lingerie and sleepwear

Britney Spears launched her debut collection of lingerie and sleepwear

Britney Spears flew into London to promote the collection during a break in performing at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Her time in Las Vegas comes to an end in February 2015. In the meantime, Britney Spears will also be working on her ninth studio album.

Britney Spears, who recently broke up with boyfriend David Lucado, confirmed that the writing process is underway and the album will include lots of I hate men and I love men tracks.

The new album release date is yet to be announced.

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Britney Spears addressed the crowd at her Las Vegas show on August 31, letting them in a little on her recent breakup with David Lucado.

Britney Spears and Dave Lucado’s breakup came on the heels of a video that allegedly showed him kissing another woman.

“So, I know you know my boyfriend cheated on me, but the best thing about being cheated on is I get to go on more first dates,” Britney Spears, 32, said during her Piece Of Me show at Planet Hollywood.

Britney Spears and Dave Lucado’s breakup came on the heels of a video that allegedly showed him kissing another woman

Britney Spears and Dave Lucado’s breakup came on the heels of a video that allegedly showed him kissing another woman (photo Getty Images)

On August 31, Britney Spears had reason to be happy since her family was in the audience.

“Her parents were there, and so were her boys and [sister] Jamie Lynn,” an onlooker said.

“The boys were so cute, jumping and yelling for her. She seemed really alive and genuine.”

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Britney Spears and David Lucado have split up after 18 months of dating, Us Weekly reported.

The news comes just months after the couple battled breakup rumors.

Britney Spears took to Twitter herself on August 27 and shared the news with world, tweeting: “Ahhhh the single life!”

The singer told Entertainment Tonight during happier times last year: “I’m in love. I like the fact that he’s very stubborn and he’s stuck in his ways. He’s just a simple man. I adore him.”

Britney Spears and David Lucado have split up after 18 months of dating

Britney Spears and David Lucado have split up after 18 months of dating (photo Getty Images)

Britney Spears, the mom to Sean, 8, and Jayden, 7, first stepped out with David Lucado in March 2013, shortly after calling off her engagement to Jason Trawick.


She was previously married to Kevin Federline.

Britney Spears has stayed mum as to the reason for the breakup, but a source tells E! News that she called it quits because of an alleged video that shows David Lucado cheating on her.

Apparently, the video shows David Lucado making out with another woman and dancing with her in what appears to be someone’s living room.

Allegedly, the video was taken in early August when Britney Spears and David Lucado were very much together.

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Britney Spears is adding more than 30 dates to her Las Vegas residency, Caesars Entertainment announced.

Britney Spears is adding more than 30 dates to her Las Vegas residency

Britney Spears is adding more than 30 dates to her Las Vegas residency

Britney: Piece of Me will now play shows in October through December and February. Shows have also been added in August and September.

Tickets to the new shows go on sale Friday, May 16.

The first round of shows in August and September sold out, the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino says.

Britney Spears, 31, kicked off the two-year residency late last year around the time she released her eighth album, Britney Jean.

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Britney Spears was accused of lip-syncing during the launch of her Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me.

Britney Spears, 32, kicked off her show at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday night, and concert reviewers have now accused her of letting down fans by failing to sing live.

Britney Spears was accused of lip-syncing during the launch of her Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me

Britney Spears was accused of lip-syncing during the launch of her Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me

A number of critics claim Britney Spears has reneged on a promise to provide live vocals on stage after the singer’s manager, Larry Rudolph, previously insisted the show would not be mimed, saying: “There might be some numbers where she’s full out dancing with a [vocal] track underneath her, but there won’t be any lip-syncing across the board.”

Britney Spears was previously accused of lip-synching during shows on her Femme Fatale Tour in 2011.

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Kris Jenner is reportedly eager to jump back into the dating scene with younger men as she and Bruce Jenner are officially separated.

Kris Jenner, 57, wanted to split from Bruce after twenty two years of marriage because she was “tired of being held down”, according to HollywoodLife.com.

Kris Jenner is reportedly eager to jump back into the dating scene with younger men as she and Bruce Jenner are officially separated

Kris Jenner is reportedly eager to jump back into the dating scene with younger men as she and Bruce Jenner are officially separated

Dating younger men is nothing new for Kris Jenner, who was linked to Todd Waterman, who is now 48, while she was married to her first husband, Robert Kardashian, who was 11 years her senior.

“The separation was Kris’ idea. She’s tired of being held down. She wants to date, and she wants to date younger men,” a friend of the Kardashian family told HollywoodLife.com.

“Kris and Bruce were fighting nonstop and Bruce was tired of Kris treating him like a second-class citizen.”

The source added: “Kris is if course happier because now she is a free woman and can do whatever she wants.”

As Kris and Bruce Jenner released a statement confirming their separation, everyone wondered if the momager’s recent dinner with Britney Spears’ ex Jason Trawick, 42, was an actual date.

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Britney Spears’ sons Sean Preston, seven, and Jayden James, six, make their very first cameo appearances in the video clip for the singer’s new song Ooh La La, which is set to be released on VEVO on Thursday.

Britney Spears, 31, shared a sneak peek snap of the video with her fans on Wednesday on Twitter.

In the image, the singer is seen sitting in a cinema eating popcorn with her sons.

“Omg. How CUTE are my boys?!  Video premieres Thursday on @VEVO at noon ET! #OohLaLaThursday” Britney Spears she wrote in an accompanying caption.

The princess of pop shows off her toned legs in a pair of tiny shorts paired with a light pink shirt in the image.

Britney Spears' sons Sean Preston and Jayden James make their very first cameo appearances in the video clip for her new song Ooh La La

Britney Spears’ sons Sean Preston and Jayden James make their very first cameo appearances in the video clip for her new song Ooh La La

Meanwhile, her boys, who could actually pass as twins, both wear checked shirts in different colors, with Jayden in a blue version and Sean in a red and black variety.

Later in the day she also posted some moving images of the clip, with one frame showing the singer wearing a red dress and holding onto her boys’ hands.

Last month, Britney Spears debuted her new single Ooh La La, which was written for the Smurfs 2 movie soundtrack.

“I have always loved the Smurfs as a kid and now my boys are the biggest Smurfs fans ever,” she  said in a statement.

“I wanted to surprise them with a song in the movie. I know they’ll think it’s Smurftastic!”

Sean Preston and Jayden James are Britney Spears’ sons from her marriage to Kevin Federline.

Britney Spears says her boys were the consummate professionals on the day that they shot the video.

“My oldest son, Preston, was right on cue every time they would tell him to do something in the video,” Britney proudly told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS radio show.

“They play themselves. But when we did the actual shoot of the video, I didn’t see them.

“I was in hair and make-up, so later on I got to see what they actually did on camera – and it was adorable!”

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Yesterday Britney Spears tweeted a sneak peek from her latest music video shoot for Ooh La La song that will feature The Smurfs 2.

Britney Spears, 31, said: “Baby come with me and be my Ooh La La… 🙂 #SneakPeek #OohLaLaVideo.”

In the image, Britney spears appears smiling behind her signature blonde locks and looks as vibrant and glowing as she did from her earliest music video days.

Though more of the video has yet to be revealed, it’s sure to be safe for the whole family as opposed to some of the star’s racier ventures.

The featured song will appear in The Smurfs 2, which hits U.S. theatres on July 31.

In another move that sets a good example for her two children, Britney Spears is auctioning off a feather boa and handcuffs for charity.

The singer wore the items on her Femme Fatale Tour in 2011, which saw her rock the stage in costumes designed by Zaldy Goco.

Britney Spears tweeted a sneak peek from her latest music video shoot for Ooh La La song that will feature The Smurfs 2

Britney Spears tweeted a sneak peek from her latest music video shoot for Ooh La La song that will feature The Smurfs 2

Profits from the sale of the items will go to Soles4Souls, a charity that collects unsold shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and gathers donations from across the United States to distribute to people in need around the world.

The singer posted a series of tweets encouraging support from the sales, writing: “Now u can bid on the boa & handcuffs from the tour & help support @soles4souls … such an amazing cause! More info on http://true2bid.com! [sic].”

The auction is set to last for 13 more days, in which the items are expected to notch up bids far higher than the $0.19 they currently stand at.

Soles4Souls has distributed over 19 million pairs of shoes since it was set up in 2005.

Other celebrities to have worked with the charity include Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sir Elton John, the Kardashian sisters and Justin Timberlake.

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While hundreds of families fled to avoid the wildfires that struck California, Britney Spears was driving towards the disaster on Friday.

Britney Spears’ Calabasas home was close to the flames and risks being destroyed by the terrifying fires.

Her family comes first and the star was presumably desperately trying to get to her two sons Jayden and Sean so that they could be reunited amid the danger.

Britney Spears, 31, was seen racing down the freeway into a cloud of smoke while in her white convertible Jaguar.

Britney Spears was seen racing towards California wildfire to get to her family as flames threaten to engulf their home

Britney Spears was seen racing towards California wildfire to get to her family as flames threaten to engulf their home

The singer was then spotted getting stuck in some traffic due to road closures as a result of the wildfire.

As the flames spread towards Malibu, lots homes are in danger, including many properties owned by celebrities.

About 4,000 homes and 300 commercial properties in Malibu and the surrounding area are at risk along with the Point Mugu naval base.

More than 10,000 acres from Newbury Park toward Malibu and the Ventura County coast have been blackened by the fire.

By 2 a.m. local time the brush-fueled wildfire was within “seven or eight miles” of Malibu, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash said.

As well as burning a 10 mile path to the coast, numerous flare-ups were reported throughout Friday as shifting winds blew embers into new areas of tinder-dry brush.

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Britney Spears and rumored new lawyer boyfriend David Lucado were spotted leaving a house and heading off for a drive near her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas on Saturday.

Despite taking on a new romance, Britney Spears told Harper’s Bazaar that having children had changed her focus: “I think things through a little bit more, and I worry a lot.

“I’m more straightforward, and I speak up more than I did before. When I was younger, I wouldn’t speak up as much, but now that I’m a mom, things have changed.”

Britney Spears, 31, ended her engagement to Jason Trawick in January after a three-year romance and recently admitted she will “always love” him.

While not engaged at the time, the star admitted marriage and children were on her mind.

“I’ve thought about both, so if the timing was right,” she said.

Britney Spears and rumored new lawyer boyfriend David Lucado

Britney Spears and rumored new lawyer boyfriend David Lucado

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Jamie Lynn Spears and Jamie Watson have been dating for three years and now he has finally popped the big question.

Jamie Lynn Spears, 21, revealed the happy news on Saturday via her Twitter account.

The younger sister of pop star Britney Spears teased the announcement with picture of the couple, filtered through Instagram with the caption: “Guesssss what??????”

Jamie Lynn Spears also shared a photograph of the piece of jewellery Jamie Watson, 30, got her, writing alongside it: “:) #hedidgood.”

She recently posted some snaps of her new fiancé and her 4-year-old daughter Maddie.

Jamie Lynn Spears took time out of her career to focus on motherhood after falling pregnant as a teen.

She split from her fiancé and Maddie’s dad Casey Aldridge in March, 2009, just nine months after their daughter was born.

Jamie Lynn Spears and Jamie Watson have been dating for three years and now he has finally popped the big question

Jamie Lynn Spears and Jamie Watson have been dating for three years and now he has finally popped the big question

While shunning the spotlight all these years, Jamie Lynn Spears now feels she’s mature enough to take another crack at the music business.

Jamie Lynn Spears moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2011 to forge a new career and started performing on the country music circuit in America’s southern states.

Her relationship news comes just two months after her older sister’s broken plans to walk down the aisle for the third time.

Britney Spears, 31, has been married to friend Jason Alexander and dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she has two children.

She was due to get hitched to Jason Trawick but they parted ways in January 2013.

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It didn’t look like Britney Spears was too lonely for Valentine’s Day after her recent split from fiancé Jason Trawick as she was spotted dining out with a mystery man in Calabasas on Thursday night.

Dressed in a cream blouse, black blazer and jeans, Britney Spears was spotted arriving at Banzai Sushi for dinner with an unidentified male.

Although it could have been her bodyguard, her decision to dine out with a man on Valentine’s Day will prompt speculation there could be something more going on.

Ahead of her dinner date, Britney Spears was seen shopping with her mother Lynne at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Malibu.

Also on Thursday, Britney Spears responded to an accusation she didn’t sing on her Will.i.am duet Scream And Shout.

The claims came as the remix video for the single was released online 24 hours earlier than planned.

It didn't look like Britney Spears was too lonely for Valentine’s Day after her recent split from fiancé Jason Trawick as she was spotted dining out with a mystery man in Calabasas

It didn’t look like Britney Spears was too lonely for Valentine’s Day after her recent split from fiancé Jason Trawick as she was spotted dining out with a mystery man in Calabasas

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Britney Spears is set to sign a deal for a Las Vegas residency as she has been in talks with two casinos.

Sources say Britney Spears, 31, is poised to sign with Planet Hollywood in a deal that is thought to have been brokered by her ex-fiancé and former agent Jason Trawick.

Britney Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph told Extra that a Las Vegas show is close to being announced, revealing: “We are in deep negotiations and I’d be shocked if it didn’t happen. Hoping to have a deal done very soon.”

A formal announcement is expected in the next few weeks – despite fears from fans over the toll such a gig could take on Britney Spears.

It is thought that her ex-fiancé Jason Trawick, whom Britney Spears split from last month, has helped to broker the deal with Planet Hollywood as he is good friends with boss Robert Earl, as is Britney’s manager Larry Rudolph.

Jason Trawick was Britney Spears’ former agent and was also joint co-conservator of the star’s person, which once gave him the authority to make decisions about her general well-being, such as food, clothing, travel and medical care, alongside her father Jamie.

Although, he excused himself from the legal relationship after their split.

Britney Spears is set to sign a deal for a Las Vegas residency as she has been in talks with two casinos

Britney Spears is set to sign a deal for a Las Vegas residency as she has been in talks with two casinos

One of the Caesars Palace casinos is also believed to be in talks with Britney Spears – despite the fact its spokeswoman recently said there were no openings in their superstar lineup of Elton John, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart and Celine Dion.

Emily Wofford, public relations director for Caesers Entertainment, said that the venue was “packed every weekend” for months and that the firm is “engaged with a number of today’s top artists in discussions regarding headlining residencies at our venues in Las Vegas”.

Although Britney Spears isn’t on the list at the moment, Emily Wofford said her company is “always interested in having artists with the caliber of Britney Spears performing at our theatres”.

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Britney Spears came pretty close to losing part of her dress on her way to lunch on Saturday afternoon.

Britney Spears, 31,was looking rosy – and braless – in a pink halter dress as she strolled through the entrance of a posh Los Angeles hotel.

The singer was accompanied by a burly bodyguard who kept onlookers at bay, but low and behold her top started to slide inwards and exposed a generous side view of her boob.

Carrying a grey wrap bundled in her arms, Britney Spears suddenly realized the wardrobe malfunction and quickly pulled the garment back into place before it caused her any more embarrassment.

Britney Spears continued on her way, stepping lightly in brown ankle platform boots.

Britney Spears came pretty close to losing part of her dress on her way to lunch on Saturday afternoon

Britney Spears came pretty close to losing part of her dress on her way to lunch on Saturday afternoon

She was wearing her blonde hair in a high ponytail and shielded her eyes in tinted sunglasses.

Britney Spears wore the slightest hint of make-up including neutral lip gloss.

In spite of the fact that she just broke up with her fiancé Jason Trawick, Britney Spears looked fresh-faced and healthy.

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Britney Spears’ friends fear that she will not be able to handle a long-term stint in Las Vegas after being dropped by the X Factor and splitting from her fiancé Jason Trawick all in the space of a week.

The star is on the brink of signing a mega $100 million deal with one of the Caesars group properties – after Jason Trawick formally resigned as her conservator.

Britney Spears, 31, confirmed her departure from the X Factor on the same day as her split from Jason Trawick and the source said: “She’s a homebody, she loves her sons and has her daily routine. At this time, she may need to concentrate on her health and happiness – not rebuilding her career.”

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick announced the end of their one-year engagement on Friday and the singer said in a statement: “Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement. I’ll always adore him and we will remain great friends.”

Jason Trawick added: “As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever.”

The couple were so entwined that Jason Trawick accompanied Britney Spears nearly everywhere. Indeed, on the rare occasions she was seen alone it was to go shopping or get coffee near her California home.

Indeed, shy Britney Spears only seen in public six times without ex-fiancé Jason Trawick in the past year.

One source told how Jason Trawick had helped immeasurably in helping Britney Spears to get her life back on track and was a constant by her side during filming on the X Factor, saying: “At auditions, Jason would calmly escort Britney by the hand back and forth to her seat during breaks. He was there for her.”

Britney Spears’ friends fear that she will not be able to handle a long-term stint in Las Vegas after being dropped by the X Factor and splitting from her fiancé Jason Trawick all in the space of a week

Britney Spears’ friends fear that she will not be able to handle a long-term stint in Las Vegas after being dropped by the X Factor and splitting from her fiancé Jason Trawick all in the space of a week

Painting a picture of a rather nervous woman, another source recalled being at an industry party at Soho House in Los Angeles in September where Britney Spears was a guest, saying: “Britney stood in a corner and hid.

“She didn’t speak to anyone – you wouldn’t even have realized she was there. She’s a shy, shy girl.”

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick had been staying at the W Hotel in Hollywood during the X Factor filming, but a friend told how they had their own rooms as they had become “just friends”.

Britney Spears is now believed to be back at her home in Calabasas with her sons Sean, 7, and Jayden, 6, and Jason Trawick has moved out.

Jason Trawick also acted as Britney Spears’ manager, and the pop star has now changed management to CAA, indicating the pair have also severed ties in their business relationship.

Court papers just release show resigned as Britney Spears’ co-conservator, but her father Jamie Spears will remain as conservator.

Reports had suggested that Jamie Spears had in fact brokered his daughter’s break-up with Jason himself, and a friend confirmed: “I did hear this.”

Radar Online reported: “Jason wanted out, and in the fragile state that Britney is in, it’s not like he could have a rational conversation with her about it, so it was really between him and Jamie.

“They decided how the relationship needed to end and how to go about the technicalities, such as removing Jason from the conservatorship, when he would move out and how to announce the split. Britney was left out of everything and really didn’t even know what was going on.

“Jason and Jamie wanted to make sure that Britney didn’t lose it, so they had to water things down for her a bit.”

Britney Spears had raked in $15 million for her judging role on the X Factor.

Announcing her departure from the Fox talent show, Britney Spears said: “I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio.

“Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”

However, her team has already begun “serious talks” for a lucrative Vegas concert deal.

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Britney Spears has split from her fiancé Jason Trawick after a one-year engagement.

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick announced their engagement in December 2011, after confirming they were dating in May 2010.

A source said the pair had been sleeping in separate bedrooms and their once strong relationship had fizzled into more of a friendship.

Britney Spears, 31, said in a statement: “Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement. I’ll always adore him and we will remain great friends.”

Jason Trawick added: “As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever.”

Britntey Spears’ representative Jeff Raymond said: “Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have mutually agreed to end their one-year engagement.

“As two mature adults, they came to the difficult decision to go their separate ways while continuing to remain friends.”

Jason Trawick also acted as Britney Spears’ manager, and the pop star has now changed management, indicating the pair are also severing ties in their business relationship. Jason Trawick has reportedly resigned as Britney Spears’ co-conservator, but her father Jamie Spears will remain as conservator.

Further reports claim Jason Trawick has already moved out of the home the couple shared together, according to Radar Online.

It comes the same day as Britney Spears confirmed she had quit her role as a judge on the X Factor.

Britney Spears has split from her fiancé Jason Trawick after a one-year engagement

Britney Spears has split from her fiancé Jason Trawick after a one-year engagement

According to the official statement released on Friday, Britney Spears put in her resignation for the talent competition series on the same day.

“I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio,” she said, referring to her eighth album.

“Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love most.”

However, her team has reportedly already begun “serious talks” for lucrative sitcom and Las Vegas concert deals.

According to TMZ, Britney Spears and her people have been in serious negotiations with one of the Caesars group properties for “a while”.

Britney Spears is likely being wooed to star in her own long-running show at the Colloseum at Caesar’s Palace since that is where Cher and Celine Dion also held residencies.

Celine Dion scored $100 million a year to headline her show and her previous A New Day show grossed more than $400 million over five years.

Cher also struck a lucrative deal with the casino where she performed for three years at $60 million a year.

An insider noted that Britney Spears could probably rake even more than either of the other pop legends in her deal.

Her team is also reportedly looking into possible sitcom appearances.

A Radar Online source said: “Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph, is reading television scripts that the singer could accept. Britney’s dad, Jamie feels that having his daughter on a sitcom would be a good fit for her.

“Britney needs to be kept busy, and a structured environment such as a television sitcom would be a natural fit for her. She actually has very natural comedic talents and is very funny, in an airhead sort of way.”

Simon Cowell, 53, was reportedly disappointed with his $15 million contracted employee on the talent competition since he wanted “crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney”.

According to Us Weekly, the network “paid all that for her to say <<amazing>> and offer half-claps” for her four protégées.

The December 20 second season finale was watched by only 9.6 million viewers, down 18% from the first season finale.

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Britney Spears has left The X Factor USA after just one season, as it has been claimed show boss Simon Cowell was about to fire her for being “boring”.

Britney Spears, 31, jumped before she was pushed as Simon Cowell, 53, made plans to terminate her $15 million contract after her judging style on the show had been heavily criticized, sources close to the show confirmed.

A source close to production explained: “Britney and her team knew it was unlikely she’d be asked back as a judge.

“The producers have already been making other plans for next season over the holidays.

“The reality is that toward the end of last season the main players knew they wanted to replace both Britney and LA Reid. LA Reid wasn’t at the top of his game in second season and he knew that.”

Britney Spears’ judging was heavily criticized throughout the last season, with critics dubbing her “boring”.

And show insiders complained that she insisted on having breaks every few contestants during auditions and was often unengaged in the whole process.

It was felt Britney Spears didn’t connect with her contestants, despite being employed to mentor them. Insiders complained that she would barely look at them on stage during the live round of the show.

“Most people didn’t expect Britney to make it through the season as its a demanding role but she did her best,” said a source.

Although the mother-of-two only lasted on the judges panel for one season it was an incredibly lucrative one.

Britney Spears has left The X Factor USA after just one season, as it has been claimed Simon Cowell was about to fire her for being boring

Britney Spears has left The X Factor USA after just one season, as it has been claimed Simon Cowell was about to fire her for being boring

A previous report in Us Weekly pointed out that her $15 milllion contract had a lot to do with Simon Cowell’s decision, with one insider telling the publication: “They paid all that for her to say <<amazing>> and offer half-claps.”

At one time Simon Cowell had intimated to E! that he’d have Britney Spears back despite telling them he’s “pro change”, he said: “I don’t know yet, to be honest with you. I haven’t had the conversation with her whether she’d want to, what other commitments she’s got.”

Fellow judge L.A. Reid – a long-standing judge – already announced his departure to focus on his record label.

Midas-alike Simon Cowell has struggled to repeat the success of the smash hit British show since it debuted across the Atlantic in the autumn of 2011.

After the initial disappointing season, Simon Cowell fired judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones in January.

He then went all out to get a big name signing; and nobody could argue with Britney’s pedigree when she signed on the dotted line for the svengali.

Not only is she one of the biggest pop stars in the world; but her soap opera past lends the blonde an inherent fascination lacking in other stars.

But sadly that never translated into her on-screen presence, and Simon Cowell’s coup became a damp squib.

The blonde flubbed lines and often seemed disconnected from the the show’s narrative.

The December 20 second season finale was watched by 9.6 million viewers, down 18% from the first season finale.

Despite the setbacks, Simon Cowell himself is unlikely to be looking for another job anytime soon.

Artists discovered by the X Factor have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 No. 1’s, 270 Top 10, and 501 Top 50 releases – and the show has been commissioned in 41 territories.

Simon Cowell – who according to Forbes made $90 million last year alone – also saw his TV production business, Simco, boosted by 138% last year, mainly due to the launch of the Fox TV talent show.

His company also reported that total turnover almost doubled to £54.6 million ($87.89 million) in the year to 31 March 2012.

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Lynne Spears, Britney Spears’ mother, has claimed her daughter’s former manager crushed drugs into the singer’s food.

Lynne Spears has told a US court that Osama “Sam” Lufti admitted to her that he did it five years ago to help Britney sleep.

At the time, Britney Spears was going through a public meltdown where she shaved her head, temporarily lost custody of her children and was briefly hospitalized.

Sam Lufti is suing Lynne Spears, saying she wrote lies about him.

Lynne Spears has been giving evidence in her defence.

On the claims Britney’s food was drugged in 2007, Lynne Spears told the court: “Those were his exact words.”

“I was very worried and I didn’t know what to do so I tried to get her away from there.”

Lynne Spears has claimed Britney's former manager Sam Lufti crushed drugs into the singer's food

Lynne Spears has claimed Britney’s former manager Sam Lufti crushed drugs into the singer’s food

She also claims Sam Lufti cut off Britney Spears’ communication by detaching her phone lines.

On cross-examination, Lynne Spears said that despite her worry about Britney she didn’t call police.

She also admitted that she was estranged from her daughter for a brief period in 2007 and Osama Lufti told her he wanted to help reunite them.

The accusations refer to the year Osama Lufti said he was Britney Spears’ manager, before he was let go from her team in 2008.

Sam Lufti is suing the star’s parents and Britney herself. He says Lynne Spears made damaging claims about him in her 2008 book Through the Storm.

He is also suing Jamie Spears, the singer’s father, for punching him.

Osama Lufti is seeking a share of Britney Spears’ fortune saying he had an agreement to act as her manager in exchange for 15% of her earnings.

He’s always maintained he was a friend of Britney Spears who tried to help the singer get clean of drugs.

Britney Spears, now 30, has since made a comeback, most recently with a judging slot on The X-Factor USA.

She’s not expected to appear at the trial.

 

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A host of celebrities have paid tribute to Whitney Houston as part of a special Grammy television show in Los Angeles.

Britney Spears, Halle Berry and LL Cool J were among the presenters at the Nokia Theatre honoring Whitney Houston who died in February aged 48.

There were also musical performances from Jennifer Hudson and Usher who sang some of Whitney Houston’s hits.

We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston will be broadcast in the US on 13 November.

A number of stars shared their memories of the singer at the event.

“She inspired a generation of little girls and women to believe in their own dream and to know that they had within themselves the greatest gift of all,” Halle Berry said on stage.

“I was one of those little girls who then became a woman who never ever, ever, stopped loving Whitney Houston.”

While Britney Spears said her version of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing scored her a deal with a record label and started her career.

The event was attended by Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and record label executive Clive Davis, who discovered the singer.

Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub the night before this year’s Grammy awards.

Authorities said the cause of death was accidental drowning brought on by cocaine use and heart disease.

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Britney Spears is introducing her new fragrance Fantasy Twist, consisting in two fragrances Fantasy and Midnight Fantasy packaged as one.

The singer’s two faces appear in the advertisement in an artistic upside down design.

One picture has Britney Spears as a glamorous blonde showgirl wearing a glittering headdress and feathers.

Britney’s blonde Fantasy with its floral hints is for the light at heart.

On the flip side, the other picture shows Britney Spears with straight-cut black hair and bangs.

Britney’s Midnight Fantasy, smelling of black cherries, plum and musk, is for the romantic and sensual.

Britney Spears is introducing her new fragrance Fantasy Twist

Britney Spears is introducing her new fragrance Fantasy Twist

Britney Spears is also working on a super secret project for Vevo, the music video website.

“Shooting something top secret with @VEVO today. Can’t wait for u guys to see it…” Britney Spears tweeted on Monday afternoon.

She included a picture of herself sitting in the studio with hands clasped and her blonde hair long and perfectly styled.

Britney Spears looked dazzling, wearing a sexy black top with peek-a-boo shoulders and heavy necklace.

On Tuesday, Britney Spears followed up by posting her dual perfume ad on Twitter.

“1st look at my #FantasyTwist ad. Watch @extratv tonight for behind the scenes from the shoot with Ellen Von Unworth!”

Then Britney Spears added: “Oops. Unwerth with an E! Sorry Ellen!”

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Britney Spears tweeted a picture from the second day of her shoot for her new Elizabeth Arden perfume, Fantasy Twist.

Britney Spears, 30, wore a plunging golden gown with a blonde wig and headpiece, with her fiancé Jason Trawick compare her to a 1930s screen siren.

She tweeted: “Loving day 2 of my Elizabeth Arden Fantasy Twist fragrance shoot.

“Jason says I look like Jean Harlow!”

Britney Spears tweeted a picture from the second day of her shoot for her new Elizabeth Arden perfume, Fantasy Twist

Britney Spears tweeted a picture from the second day of her shoot for her new Elizabeth Arden perfume, Fantasy Twist

The day before, the mother-of-two dressed as an ancient Egyptian.

Britney Spears posted a sneak peek of the look, writing: “Channelling my inner Cleopatra today at Elizabeth Arden Fantasy Twist shoot. Fragrance is out in Sept. 1st look on Path.”

Fantasy Twist is the latest release in Britney Spears’ billion-dollar perfume empire.

She released her first fragrance Curious in 2004 after signing a deal with Elizabeth Arden.

By 2009, Britney Spears had released another seven fragrances, including Fantasy and Curious.

Britney Spears has earned an estimated $1.5 billion from her perfume empire and dominates the celebrity fragrance market.

Meanwhile, Britney Spears is set to become the target of a bidding war for her next record contract.

 

 

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Britney Spears took time out of her busy schedule to focus on her business empire as she shot her latest fragrance Fantasy Twist campaign yesterday.

Britney Spears, 30, dressed as an ancient Egyptian as she posed for the ads for Fantasy Twist.

Posting a photo behind-the-scenes on her Twitter page, Britney Spears wrote: “Channelling my inner Cleopatra today at Elizabeth Arden Fantasy Twist shoot. Fragrance is out in Sept. 1st look on Path.”

In the shoot, Britney Spears strikes a pose in a gold embellished dress with feathered sleeves, lots of bangles and a gold headpiece.

The singer also has Cleopatra-style heavy eyeliner on her eyes, with her long blonde hair hanging down.

Britney Spears took time out of her busy schedule to focus on her business empire as she shot her latest fragrance Fantasy Twist campaign

Britney Spears took time out of her busy schedule to focus on her business empire as she shot her latest fragrance Fantasy Twist campaign

Fantasy Twist is the latest release in Britney Spears’ billion-dollar perfume empire.

Britney Spears released her first fragrance Curious in 2004 after signing a deal with Elizabeth Arden.

By 2009, Britney Spears had released another seven fragrances, including Fantasy and Curious.

Britney Spears has earned an estimated $1.5 billion from her perfume empire and dominates the celebrity fragrance market.

Meanwhile, Britney Spears is set to become the target of a bidding war for her next record contract.